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Materials from 2.744 classes are posted shortly after each meeting. The syllabus has links to the same materials within the context of the overall schedule.


Tuesday, February 4

About the class: user-centric, creative design (.pdf)
Symbol design and exercise results

Thursday, February 6

Design for human use: Uncommon common sense!
Ballot redesign and results!

Tuesday, February 11

meet the client:
Class introduction and wrapup (.pdf), Project brief, and overview from the client (.pdf)

What's in a name results!

Thursday, February 20

Visualization: ABCs of sketching
Online visual memory game
In-class visual memory test

Video resources:
Sketching basics tutorials (arcs, lines, circles , ellipses)
One-point perspective tutorials

Tuesday, February 25

Website, schembsite!
Web design 101, wireframe, html and css basics (.pdf)
Web design 101, Zen garden (.pdf)

Web design 101 resources

Thursday, February 27 Work period!
TA Jeff Mekler will be availble to help you with website/web development challenges
Tuesday, March 4

Sketching in 3D: 2 pt perspective

Video resources:
Basic shapes in 2 point perseptive
Download worksheets


Thursday, March 6

Adding dimension to perspective:
Tone and shade

Video resources:
Basic shading and tone video and worksheets


Tuesday, March 11

It's a wrap:
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Canson drawing video resources (Pencil sharpener exercise):
Laying in the base tone (.mov, 17.7 Mb)
Pencil highlights (.mov, 10.7 Mb)
Pencil shade (.mov, 12.1 Mb)

Thursday, March 13

Sketching with Scott Stropkay, Essential design

Examples of sketching in practice (.pdf):

Sketching demonstrations:

See additional examples by Scott Stropkay.

Tuesday, March 18

Fast and furious:
Immersion in sketch modeling
critique feedback

Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping

Thursday, March 20

Beth Sullivan, IC3D
Sketch modeling (.pdf, 6 Mb!)
Example: blue foam models (.mov, 2.3 Mb)
Example: foam core models (.mov, 1.5 Mb)
Example: large scale models (.mov, 3.8 Mb)
Sketch modeling tools (.mov, 1.2 Mb)

Blue foam: cutting basics/templates (.mov, 6.1 Mb)
Blue foam: complex shapes (.mov, 10.1 Mb)
Blue foam: applying a grill template (.avi, 6.5 Mb)
Blue foam: cutting grill (.avi, 11.1 Mb)
Blue foam: making a sanding block base (.avi, 2.1 Mb)
Blue foam: attaching sand paper (.avi, 2.1 Mb)
Blue foam: using sanding block (.avi, 7.1 Mb)

Foamcore: know the grain (.mov, 4.2 Mb)
Foamcore: bending (.mov, 6.3 Mb)
Foamcore: joining (.mov, 6.4 Mb)
Foamcore: making a box (.mov, 4.8 Mb)
Foamcore: making large panels (.mov, 4.7 Mb)


Tuesday, April 8

Work period


Thursday, April 10

Judgement day: Sketch model review with client


Thursday, April 15

the messenger of expereince: form and color

Form development exercise (I am an emotional cube)


Tuesday, April 17

the messenger of experience: form and color

Color exercise (I am an emotional picture)

Exercise resources
a few Photoshop pointers (.rtf)
-Photoshop color exercise file (.psd)
- color psychology (.jpg)
- upload your emotional artwork (name format: yourFeeling_yourUsername)

Thursday, April 28

the messenger of the experience: graphics

Graphics design exercise

Exercise resources
photoshop pointers


Tuesday, May 6

out of the box: Packaging design

packaging design exercise

Thursday, May 8 it's a wrap!: Discussion of exercises and course summary